The need for volunteers and donations is especially acute this year, due to Hurricane Sandy, and there are many ways to donate time or money in New York, New Jersey, and Long Island.
Rick Karr reports on efforts to help residents at Knickerbocker Village on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and is joined by NY State Senator Daniel Squadron who represents the area. Residents of Knickerbocker Village were without heat, hot water and electricity for days.
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism students Jon Gerberg and Kristen Reed report from the Coney Island Gospel Assembly Church, where volunteers are coordinating relief for area residents.
After Hurricane Sandy, 8.5 million people were left in the dark, some for two weeks or more. The failure of the power grid left many people wondering where the system went wrong.
Drawing on their member networks and organization skills, groups mobilize to aid hurricane victims and add disaster relief to their services.
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism students Jon Gerberg and Kristen Reed take us inside the Smith Houses on the Lower East Side, days after Sandy knocked out power.